Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge

Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge

Legendary Creature — Vampire Wizard


When Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge enters the battlefield, each player exiles the top X cards from his or her library, where X is the amount of mana spent to cast Jeleva.

Whenever Jeleva attacks, you may cast an instant or sorcery card exiled with it without paying its mana cost.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2013 (C13) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Casual Legal
Limited Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge Discussion

ZendikariWol on Lithoform Enginge: Not Broken, Definitely …

1 week ago

I hate that Lithoform Engine goes into 80% of EDH decks below power level 8. It's so stupidly universal, why not put it in? Does your commander have an activated ability or care about instants, sorceries, tokens, or generating value by doubling your spells? Congratulations, you account for roughly 90% of the commander format.

This card would slot very comfortably into five of my seven paper decks (Roon of the Hidden Realm, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, Ezuri, Claw of Progress, Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, with Chainer, Nightmare Adept, and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King being the exceptions). It slots comfortably into four out of my best friend's four decks (Golos, Tireless Pilgrim, Meren of Clan Nel Toth, The Ur-Dragon, and Olivia Voldaren).

This card is not nutso bonkers silly powerful. It is, however, so versatile that as long as your deck can spend 4 mana on an artifact that does nothing immediately (which most EDH decks can at some point in the game), you should probably be running this card. I don't like cards like this at all. The strokes it paints in are just too broad, which is a shame because this card would be a massively cool proof of concept for a new deck I want to make, Double Masters: helmed by Riku of Two Reflections and sporting only cards which have a 2 on them or interact somehow with 2. It's a shame that this card isn't cool and is instead just very, very good.

Sorry if this is a rant but I am annoyed; I love this card as a johnny, because I want to maximize it, but the floor is so broadly applicable that it's useless to do so, and it'll probably be prohibitively expensive anyway- we love being a Magic-playing college student- because of its broad strength.

ZendikariWol on Undecided about budget options

1 month ago

If your playgroup includes lots of spells, I cannot recommend to you enough: Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge. Whether spellslinging or spelljacking, she's a wild ride every game, I love her. A word of advice: toss in a flashback subtheme and put in Kess, Dissident Mage.

ZendikariWol on Auras/Equipment that Exile

1 month ago

I've got this Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge commander deck, and the problem with that is the people in my playgroup don't play many instants or sorceries. In fact, I nearly always whiff on each of their decks, and then I have cast 2-3 spells and have 1/3 potato lying around until I topdeck an Unsummon effect or someone attacks me with a 3/x.

Is there a way that I can get Jeleva to exile cards from graveyards, from hands, etc.- any spells that let Jeleva exile instants and sorceries while she's on the battlefield? Anything at all?

I've searched more than a few terms but I would love help looking.

Gidgetimer on Jeleva and 101.4a

1 month ago

Since nothing is being chosen, 101.4a has nothing to do with Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge. Instead, the rule that applies is 406.3. Nothing specifies that the cards are exiled face down, ergo they are in the default exiled state of face up.

406.3. Exiled cards are, by default, kept face up and may be examined by any player at any time.

ZendikariWol on Jeleva and 101.4a

1 month ago

This is Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge. I love her.

Here is rule 101.4a: [101.4a If an effect has each player choose a card in a hidden zone, such as their hand or library, those cards may remain face down as they’re chosen. However, each player must clearly indicate which face-down card they are choosing.]

Now, what I suspect happens here is the following: because Jeleva doesn't specify that cards are exiled face-down, they are exiled face-up. After all, the cards aren't being "chosen."

However, what I would love to hear is "No, actually you can keep those cards face-down because they're moving from a hidden zone."

Which of these possibilities is actually the case?

SilentPlague on Cheap Grixis Deck

2 months ago

Definitely a multiplayer deck since turn 4 is most likely where anything will happen for you as it stands now. Wouldn't try one on one with this one unless you play another slow deck.

Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge, Mairsil, the Pretender, and Kess, Dissident Mage are all better alternatives to Spellbound Dragon. I feel they fit your disruption technique better and are very cheap ($). To help with getting quicker spells out, there is Dismember that can be paid with life to get out sooner or Sign in Blood. Not cheap, but a really good early game player, is Baleful Strix.

This looks really fun in multiplayer. So I don't blame you if you keep it as is. I feel like it would make everyone so annoyed. I also like Swerve a lot. I have 4 in my Izzet deck.

BMHKain on Help Needed for Pramikon, Sky …

3 months ago


Oh, hello! Sorry I didn't comment earlier. Well, thanks. I suppose the Defender Tribe idea was the better one all this time? I was looking for some more diversity on the effects, but maybe I was wrong after this. Appreciate the advice though! Oddly, I'm not restricted to "Off-Color" stuff also; but a WIP Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge deck of mine doesn't focus of cheap to cast Instants or Sorceries; just the very best in her colors that although Expensive to Hardcast, really are incredible in this case.

But, yeah. You definitely are onto something, but I'll need to revise some of my Older Stuff for recent memory (Core Set 2021/JUMPSTART) for now.

Oh, & almost forgot about the Budget of mine. Get ready. Even though I do make some exceptions to the rule, Original Dual Lands are usually off the table. Fetchlands like Scalding Tarn Are extremely price hungry, but Khans of Tarkir Fetchland Reprints are just fine. Gaea's Cradle was used several times, but I'm not putting another in a future deck list again. Nearly anything not reprinted from Portal as a Whole, Legends, even Arabian Nights are all out; Why would I fork over $1000+ on anything?

What I'm trying to convey is that the budget isn't exactly upon the deck as a whole, but on the individual cards. Usually ~$100 is the average threshold each. Hope this helps. :)

Oh, & one last thing before I have to put the rails back on topic. Besides Dragon Tribal, Auras, or even Equipment, how would you build a Palladia-Mors, the Ruiner deck? I'll get this back on topic after.

& thanks for the advice, Sultai_Sir! I'll see what I can do about it. :)

Phroggy1 on Jeleva Thief

6 months ago

hey shaper, i see the consultation and wheel lines, and i se that Barrin, Master Wizard + Dockside Extortionist (your opponents having 4+ artifacts) makes infinite mana and can send Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge back to your hand to recast, but how do we win with this line? i see we exile all library's this way, but we still need a labman/fish effect, correct? as always, thanks for your time and keep on doin what you do.

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